Who would of thought the "Burger Mecca" of South Florida could end up right here in my backyard in Deerfield Beach. Within a 5 mile radius you now have Charm City Burger Co., Gimme A Burger, BurgerFi, Five Guys, Duffy's, Bru's Room, Flannigans, the Pocket Burger Press manufacturer and now introducing Burger Craze.
Connected to the beach-front Wyndham Hotel on A1A in Deerfield Beach this ocean-side burger joint serving up a crazy menu of 20 burger options. The best part about it... not a single burger is over $11. Even the Ahi Tuna, marinated in ponzu topped with a wasabi-mayo asian slaw will run you $9.50. And yes, the menu is a la carte, so an order of fries will range from $2.75 (regular fries) to $4.50 (sweet potato waffle fries) with options for cajun, parmesan truffle or chili fries as well...
Oh yeah, if you happen to see one of the Burger Craze serves on the beach make sure to place an order with them. They deliver! Yup. No need to leave the sun & sand. They will bring the burgers & drinks right to you in biodegradable boxes, napkins, cups etc.
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I was hoping to dive into a few of these "crazy" creations but had to settle for the slider versions during the tasting event. Hard to get a good gauge on the size and toppings when presented with sliders (SPOILER ALERT), it didn't bother me at all... I'll be back to try a few options in the very near future!
Now back to our regular scheduled blog post:
The meat is 100% angus beef. It tasted a lot like if I were to grill burgers at home. A few were lacking seasoning but again, these were sliders however it didn't seem like much seasoning was added to the meat. They focused a lot on the toppings.
My hands down favorites of the night went to: The French Apple ($8) - topped with a caramelized apple, applewood bacon & melted brie. The Caliente ($7.50) - ground chorizo, pepper jack cheese, guacamole & jalapeño. Over The Top ($11) - kobe beef, topped with foie gras pate, arugula, truffle oil & raspberry jam. TOP CHOICE: Thats All Folks ($8.50) - Korean Pork Belly, topped with pickled relish on a bed of lettuce. No bun. No problem. This 4 hour marinated pork belly was out of this world!
Sure they've got appetizers... but when every appetizer on the menu is more expensive than the burgers, why start there... Go right for the stars of the show BURGERS!!! Although, if you're going to try any of them, let me recommend the Pork Wings ($12) - pork shanks tossed in a Carolina Jack BBQ Sauce.
ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT!!!!
May is National Burger Month and Burger Craze will be celebrating on May 28th with a "Monster Piece" creation. They are issuing a challenge to anyone who can stomach it. Let me introduce to you the DEFEAT THE MEAT - 8lb Burger Challenge! When they make the annoucement official, you can head over to either they website or Facebook page to sign up. You will have 45 min to eat the entire thing! No joke. This is HUGE! If you plan to take the challenge, please email me so I can be there to document the entire thing.
BURGER CRAZE 2096 NE 2nd St Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
This event has become the official SUMMER KICK-OFF EVENT in South Florida! 20 of the best chefs/restaurants will be grilling their way right into our hearts and stomachs as they compete for the coveted Burger Brawl Title on Friday, May 15th 2015... For the pre-sale price of $30 ($50 regular), you're ALL-INCLUSIVE admission allows you to sample all the burgers, snacks, desserts & adult beverages you can handle. But let's not overdo it on booze... The star of the event is meat. You're taste buds decide the winner. You must be 21 years old to attend.
180 Degrees At The DRB‘s 135° Truffle Burger: Sous Vide Black Angus Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Torched Swiss Cheese, Truffle Honey-Spicy Lime Aioli on a Butter Grilled Potato Bun.
Barley‘s Born & Raised: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Patty topped with Blonde Ale House Pickle (Wynwood Brewing’s La Rubia Beer) + Miami Smokers’ Smoked Bacon + Smoked Florida Cheddar Sauce (Winter Park Dairy) + Pork Marrownaise (South East Family Farms Pork Pipe Bones) topped with House Made Potato Chips tossed in Smoked Sea Salt on a Sesame Seed Medianoche Bun (Pinocho Bakery).
B.C. Cafe‘s Korean Burger: House-made Kimchi, Grilled Scallions, Sriracha Mayo and a Fried Egg on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.
BTW‘s Swine Burger: Miami Smokers’ Bacon, American Cheese, Special Sauce, & Dill Pickles.
Buns & Buns‘ Knife & Fork Burger: Schweid & Sons Angus Patty topped with Confit Onions, Special Truffle Sauce, Cheddar Cheese on a house-made Brioche Bun.
BurgerFi‘s The BurgerFi Blend: Topped with Short Rib, Tomato & Bacon Jam and Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese.
Charm City Burger Company‘s Damn Tasty: Special Beef Blend with White American, Fried Pickle, Tallow Onions, Angry Charm Sauce & Bacon Jam.
Chefs on the Run‘s All America American: Schweid & Sons Blend Burger Patty topped withAmerican Cheese, Sweet and Smoky BBQ, Grilled Onions, Lime Ranch, House Potato Chips & Topped with Smoked Brisket.
Da Burger Shack‘s Steak-N-Ator: Special Blend of Steak & Angus Beef Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Sautéed Onions, Smoked Bacon, Bacon Sauce, Cheddar Cheese & a Fried Egg.
Ends Meat‘s Mitch HedBurger: Schweid & Sons Burger Patty topped with House Cured Bacon, Horseradish Cheddar, Cippolini Aioli, Sesame Bun, and Love
gastroPod‘s Mo’Betta Burger: Short Rib, Brisket & Sirloin Patty (Schweid & Sons) with Pickles & gPod Sauce.
Jersey Dawg‘s Classic Jersey Style Slider: Schweid & Sons Ground Beef cooked on a bed of Steamed Onions, topped with American Cheese and served on a Potato Roll.
Jr’s Gourmet Burgers’Lady Guava: Tempura Battered Schweid & Sons Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Patty Drizzled with Guava Ketchup.
Latin House‘s MadLove Champ: Special Sirloin, Brisket Chuck Blend (Schweid & Sons) with Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella and Bellavitano Gold Cheese, Applewood Smoked Maple Glazed Bacon, Irish Butter Grilled Mushrooms & Onions, Hass Avocado, Avocado Lime and Creme Mexican Sauce, Candied Jalapeño with a Fried Egg.
The Local Craft & Drink‘s The General Lee: Miami Smokers’ Bacon Smear, BBQ Spice, Comeback Sauce, Pickled Red Onion Relish, a House Made American Cheese Croquette on a Schweid & Sons Burger Patty.
MEAT Eatery & Taproom‘s Southern Gentlemen: Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Bourbon Braised Onions, Schweid & Sons Patty on a Brioche Bun.
Ms. Cheezious‘ Patty Melt: Prime Chuck and Brisket Patty (Schweid & Sons) with house-made Chorizo Pimento Cheese and House-cured Bacon on griddled Sourdough Bread.
OTC‘s OTC Burger: American Cheese, House-made Pickles, Caramelized Onions and Special Sauce on a Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty.
Pig Floyd’s The Pig: Schweid & Sons Special Blend Burger Patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, Pig Floyd’s house-smoked Pulled Pork & homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce.
Pincho Factory‘s Quesadilla Burger: Chuck, Brisket and Short Rib Patty (Schweid & Sons) topped with Fresh Pico, Homemade Guac, Queso Fresco, Crema and Cuddled Between 2 Cheesy Quesadillas.
ROK BRGR‘s Drunkin’ “Bacon” Pretzel Burger: Aged Vermont Cheddar, Smoked Pepper Bacon, House-made Beer Mustard, Fried Onion Rings and a Schweid & Sons Patty on an Artisan Pretzel Bun
Well... It is Boca. I had to keep reminding myself this while eating. Roughly $10-$15 for every burger on the menu with over 15 to choose from with turkey, veggie or ahi tuna options. And this is a first, alacarte burgers. No side of fries, slaw, onion rings, tots. Just the burger. A side of luke warm over cooked "Loaded Fries" soaked in old frying oil runs you around $5-$7. These were not a star attraction of the meal...
I tried the signature Zinburger with manchego cheese, Zinfandel soaked onions, lettuce & mayo. I was intrigued but underwhelmed. No real distinct flavor from the toppings except for sweetness from the onions. However the meat was great and the burger was cooked perfectly. You can tell they grind the meat on site and hand press each patty. I just found myself wiping my hands after every bite. Very juicy.
I was joined by buddy Nick from local rock band - FUSE. (Shameless plug: you can find them at Tarpon Bend, Brass Tap, World of Beer & Brickyard- www.fuserocks.com) The second burger we tried was The Ringer with applewood smoked bacon, Franks Red Hot sauce, onion rings & pepper jack cheese. Great use of the hot sauce which added flavor. Bacon is always a great touch. This ratio of burger to bun was better. Again the meat was cooked perfectly.
To end the meal I did convince myself, which is not hard to do, to order the Shake of the Week: Rocky Road. This did put a smile on my face. Whomever is working the shakes is doing them right. I'll be back for dessert.
If you haven't heard by now, Tilted Kilt has invaded South Florida. This sports bar, Irish pub-style eatery has laid claim to a few hot spots and is looking to make a splash in the "breastaurant" business. Right off of Airport Road / Glades (I-95 exit), Tilted Kilt is serving up a sports bar menu with some Irish flare. We couldn't pass up the chance to see what all the fuss was about. The"Big Arse" burger menu showcases 1/2lb - "butcher blend" of ride-eye, sirloin & brisket meats. Never frozen. On a butter toasted bun. The 7 choices cater to all taste buds...
Today I was looking forward to the Pub Fried Egg Burger. At $12 its on the high end for a sports bar. However, after chatting with the owner for a little it I got a good sense that the quality of ingredients were paid proper attention.
The burger was cooked perfect. Asked for medium... Perfect. Which for a sports bar, packed at 12pm for lunch is solid. However, the meat it self could of used a little more seasoning. You could tell the freshness of the meat when biting into it. Bacon on top was crispy. Fried egg was done real well also. Not to runny. No over cooked. A nice amount of yolk added to the flavor.
If Pee Wee Herman and the Biker Gang joined together to own a bar, this would be Dixie Grill. The place is covered wall to wall, floor to ceiling, with collected goodies. Great outdoor patio seating right on US1. Friday night trivia. a huge menu of craft brews on draft. Bartender knew her shit!
This local dive bar has turned itself into hip craft beer bar with great attention to detail when it comes to the food. It's a lonely drive down US1 around Dixie Grill but the bright lights and full parking lot make this a must stop for a burger.
First let me talk about this pretzel bread with beer cheese soup appetizer... Yup! A delicious mouthful. As soon as this showed up in front of me, the couple next to me began whisper. I leaned over and told them not to be shy. This place gives us a friendly, share with your neighbor, kinda vibe... Fresh, hot, salty bread. Smooth & cheesy soup/dip. I can go on and on but i'll let your eyes do the tasting with the photo posted. I made a lot of new friends a the bar with this appetizer!
The burger menu is solid. Fresh ground / hand-made patties. After already tasting the Beer-Cheese dip sauce I can only imaging how good the "Dixie Signature Burger" is with that on top of it... I opt'd to go with the "Black & Bleu Burger." I'm a sucker for bleu cheese. Some think its too much but I can handle it all the way through every bite. Although I'll be back for the "Fire Burger"...
The bleu cheese was so fresh. Burger was cooked perfectly! Asked for medium. Go medium. And for a burger this large thats impressive. Soft butter-grilled bun. Which is nice on a burger this large. You really want to get a good grip, squeeze together and get all the toppings in one bite. The onions got a bit lost but thats because the bleu cheese was amazing. Bacon. Mmmmm Bacon. Not overdone at all. I could do without a salad on a burger like this but placing the lettuce and tomato on the bottom is a nice way to hide it (I just slid the tomato off).